vegetable gardening

Fujino Pink' spirea i

Pink wands of early spirea

Beckie Fox

Spireas are generally bulletproof shrubs, easily found at most garden centres. Many of us are familiar with the ubiquitous bridal wreath variety (Spiraea x vanhouttei), blooming in early June. New cultivars of Japanese spirea (S. japonica) are popular, too.

Longwood Garden in May

Enjoy a virtual tour of famous gardens

Beckie Fox

Visits to public gardens won’t possible for several weeks because of closures due to the pandemic, but some gardens have created special virtual tours to help us keep in touch with these beautiful treasures. We take inspiration from them, discover new plants and techniques, and enjoy the camaraderie of being with like-minded friends who might be with us.

Hello, hardy hellebores

Beckie Fox

Wide ribbons of rosy-coloured hellebores are weaving through our shady border as the crocus and snowdrops recede. Now that I’ve pruned back most of last year’s spent leaves, their nodding flowers on strong stems can be better appreciated.

vegetable gardening

A boost for vegetable gardening

Beckie Fox

Now is a good time to revisit the concept of Victory Gardens, the vegetable plots planted in Canada during the Second World War to provide fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as demonstrate patriotism and solidarity. We could do with some solidarity.

Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix book cover 2018

Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix says, “Try this!”

Garden Making

Niki Jabbour's new book, Veggie Garden Remix, encourages gardeners to try "238 New Plants to Shake Up Your Garden and Add Variety, Flavor, and Fun."

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